IN RECENT DAYS, President DONALD TRUMP and his administration have reinjected BARACK OBAMA into the political fray. Privately around town, some Republicans have wondered about the wisdom of doing that, since polls consistently show that OBAMA is one of the best-liked people in public life.
-- ERIC SCHMELTZER, a progressive PR consultant, paid $4,500 out of his own pocket to commission a poll looking at who would win in a head-to-head contest: TRUMP or OBAMA. PPP did the poll, and it showed OBAMA would beat TRUMP, 54-43. Of course, a poll like this is mostly a novelty since OBAMA can’t run again. But it does serve to highlight the dicey nature of elevating the former president.
Winning Progressive Message and Strategy, a consulting firm based in Los Angeles, commissioned Public Policy Polling to conduct the poll.
“It’s unclear that Donald Trump will ever get it – voters will simply never love him, and certainly never in the way Barack Obama is loved,” Eric Schmeltzer, president of Winning Progressive, said in a news release.
The survey, taken May 18-19, shows that there is still significant public support for the former president over the current White House resident by a margin of 54 per cent to 43 per cent.
Progressive public relations consultant, Eric Schmeltzer, took $4,500 out of his own pocket to personally commission the poll with Public Policy Polling to see who would win in a head-to-head matchup among 1,223 registered voters.
The Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey obtained by Politico showed that 54 percent of respondents would vote for Obama and 43 percent would vote for Trump if the candidates faced each other now.
Only 3 percent of respondents were unsure.
For his part, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has tried to quash all witnesses. Because McConnell controls the Senate, he technically will get to set the rules of the trial, presuming he holds his caucus together. But, for all practical purposes, it isn’t McConnell who gets to make the decision about witnesses. It’s Donald Trump. If Trump says he wants Mulvaney (or Biden) to appear, McConnell will have a very hard time saying no.
Whether it's the fiscal crisis of the '70s, crime or even conspicuous wealth, New York has "always been the whipping boy for the rest of the country," adds Eric Schmeltzer, a former staffer to Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, noting Sen. Ted Cruz's sneering reference to "New York values" when the Texas Republican was running for president.
"Facing that reality is really hard" for any campaign, says Democratic consultant Eric Schmeltzer, who worked on Howard Dean's presidential campaign. A candidate, he says, will look at the math, come up with a scenario under which he could win – however improbable it might be – and forges ahead.
"It's spin on the one hand, but you also convince yourself," adds Schmeltzer, who supports Sanders for president but says he will vote for the Democratic nominee even if it's not the Vermont lawmaker.
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